Twins officially get pitcher Duke Welker, complete Morneau trade
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The Pittsburgh Pirates officially announced right-handed pitcher Duke Welker is the player to be named later in the trade that dealt longtime Minnesota Twins first baseman Justin Morneau out east for Alex Presley and Welker on Aug. 31.
Welker had a 3-4 record and 3.25 ERA in 61 innings with the Pirates' AAA club in Indianapolis. He made his major league debut on June 23 against the Los Angeles Angles, pitching a scoreless eighth inning in relief.
The Twins selected Morneau as a catcher in the third round of the 1999 draft. The 32-year old was traded in the middle of his 11th season with the Twins, seven years after edging out New York Yankees star Derek Jeter in the American League MVP voting in 2006.